If you’re secretly one of those people that feel guilty taking time to pamper yourself by getting your nails done, self-reflecting in meditation, or both, we might have a solution for you. What if you could feel twice as productive doing something for yourself?
We understand that part of self care can be uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. Sometimes it’s hard to take guilt-free time when work or social obligations pile up. What better way to ease into it than by combining two self care staples into a double perk self care duo?
We want to introduce to you: meditative manicures. The idea is to convert downtime that is ordinarily spent wondering how your service will turn out or wandering thoughts about your to-do list into a mental reprogramming of peace and time to relax.
Say Hello to The Medi Mani
For the men out there still missing out on manicures, this just may be the ticket into diving into a whole new self care experience. For the mothers who want to get that manicure in but want to spend time with the boys, bring them along. Need a new date idea? Go for a medi mani.
They are a fresh take on a previously gender-normative experience. Having healthy nails is for everyone, as is connecting with oneself and others through meditation.
What to Expect from a Medi Mani?
Being a new sensation, meditation manicures offers to vary depending on the location and the approach they take. Some offer more of a salon approach; others refer to themselves as “nail sanctuaries” and take on more of a natural, exotic atmosphere. Standard features are audible guided meditations through headphones.
The Savvy Salon: Namaste Nail Sanctuary, for example, provides it’s guest with an option called “The Dream Master.” It involves wearing special glasses that transmit light pulses that have a kaleidoscope effect.
Others, like salon owner Amy Ling Li of Sundays in New York, home to meditative manicures and non-toxic nail products, designed her locations to feel cozy and welcoming. They don’t offer a standard glitzy salon aesthetic, rather a tranquil, minimal space conducive to Zen meditation.
The Rise of Meditation + Nail Care
It’s no coincidence that manicures have gotten a spiritual makeover given the rise in the numbers of people meditating, which has tripled since 2012.
For those wanting to get a manicure but feeling as though there isn’t time, maybe a meditative charge might be enough to make the time.